Activities & Entertainment

Children's Activities & Entertainment

 




Overview:

Fulfilling the needs of children and families is one of the things that Disney does best, and the Disney Cruise Line ships are no exception. Children may choose to participate in the organized programs of the Oceaneer Club and Lab, or enjoy a variety of activities that are available throughout the day. Slipping and sliding down the chute into Mickey's Pool, splashing and having fun in the sun in Goofy's Family Pool, stretching in a morning workout at Goofy's Family Fitness, family line dancing and ping pong are some of the many physical activities that you'll find aboard these magnificent ships. For more relaxing entertainment, see a current Disney movie in one of the theatres, play a board game or learn how to draw Mickey Mouse. Play video games or see some of the live entertainment shows featuring some of Disney's most beloved characters; the fun is yours to discover aboard one of the Disney Cruise Line ships.

Throughout the day, Disney characters are on hand to meet and greet the little cruisers as well. The Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer Lab offer age-specific programs with lots of fun, interesting hands-on activities to keep the younger set entertained.

Kids' Clubs Hours

With the exception of Embarkation Day, the operating hours for the Oceaneer Club and Lab are 9:00 am to midnight or 1:00 am. Later in the evening, mats are provided for younger children whose parents may be out past the little one's bedtime.

Checking kids in and out

Parents should plan on checking in their kids for the programs on Embarkation Day. Kids don't have to participate then, but that's the best time to get the paperwork completed, get your child's ID bracelet and learn the check-in/check-out system. This can be done at the port before you even board the ship.  Check the Personal Navigator for check-in times once onboard.  Each stateroom is equipped with Wave phones that can be used aboard the ship and on Castaway Cay.  The clubs will use these to contact parents if needed.

All children must wear a wristband with vital information such as name, age group, stateroom number, pertinent medical information and whether or not they have parental permission to sign themselves out of the clubs on their own (this privilege is only available to kids 8 and older, younger kids cannot sign themselves out). Because of the computer chip in the bands, counselors can check in a computer at any given time and know exactly where a child is.  When checking in and out, the child will tap their band to a scanner at the club's entrance.  This pulls up their information in the computer for the counselors.  A password will be required by the adult checking the children out.

Special Needs

Children with special needs are welcome, simply give the Oceaneer Club or Lab advance notice so that they can schedule an extra counselor if necessary. There are also some counselors who know sign language to assist children who are hearing impaired. With Cast Members from over 50 countries around the world, many foreign language needs can also be addressed.

Dinner in Kids' Clubs

Kids need to be checked into a club at least 15 minutes prior to a mealtime if the parents want the child to eat in the club. Kids that eat lunch or dinner in the program will have lunch served in the club.  Typical foods served include:  Sandwiches for lunch (white bread with either a slice of turkey or a slice of cheddar in it), celery and carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cubed melon, grapes, and cheese sticks. Dinner might include pizza, mini corn dogs, mac n cheese, meat/veggie lasagna, meatballs and Mickey pasta or chicken fingers, all served with fruits or vegetables like lunch.  Drinks will be apple juice or water.

For families that have late dining, counselors will come to the restaurants around 9:15pm and pick up kids who don't want to stay through the entire meal.

There are no snacks or drinks provided throughout the day, unless a cooking class is held (cookies or cupcakes).  There are water fountains available.  The counselors cannot force kids to eat meals, but they will make an announcement and encourage the kids to join the group. 

 

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Flounder's Reef Nursery (6 months - 3 years)

This group babysitting center is designed for little ones from 6 months to 3 years of age. This is the only option open to parents of the little ones as there is no in-room babysitting service on the ship. Unlike the planned programs for the older children, Flounders Reef has a charge of $9 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours. For additional children in the same family, the charge $8 per hour. Cancellations can be made without penalty 4 hours in advance.

The pale sea blue walls are covered with cut-out clams, seahorses, snails and bubbles, and the floor with waves of sparkling blues and greens give a soothing feel to the Little Mermaid-themed childcare center. The center is well-equipped with fun music, a television and VCR, baby swings, walkers and a lot of quality toys designed to stimulate and entertain the little tykes.  There is a second room with cribs and room for babies to relax and nap.

There are a maximum of four infants (those not yet walking) and 16 toddlers allowed, depending on the number of Counselors on hand. Parents are required to provide their own diapers/Pull-Ups, baby wipes, extra clothing/pajamas, pre-made bottles of milk/formula labeled with the child's name, baby food in jars, sippy cups and security items such as blankets, pacifiers or a favorite toy. Parents will need to carry their Wave phones with them so they can be contacted in case of a medical or emotional need. Caregivers are not qualified to administer medication but there is a trained CPR/First Aid Crew Member present at all times.

 

Meals: Only solid food is provided for children.  Juice and crackers are available for snacks and meals (mac and cheese, ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken nuggets, etc.) will be served at lunch and dinner.  Please inform the counselors of any special dietary requirements in advance.  For children who do not eat solid food, you will need to provide your own baby food or formula. No food containing peanuts or nuts are allowed in the nursery.

Registering:

Founder's Reef Nursery is available at an additional charge and must be reserved in advance. 10 hours worth of reservations can be made online up to:

You can also make or alter your reservations during the open house on Embarkation Day on a first-come, first-served basis. Because space is extremely limited, be sure to book your child's nursery stay early. Additional times may be added later based on availability.

 

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Oceaneer Club (ages 3-12)

Stepping through the doorway of the Oceaneer Club, you will find yourself transported into a Neverland pirate ship scene. A treasure chest holds a television and the barrels double as lamps. Be sure to check out the "night sky" for a sparkling surprise. The children can climb and slide in the play area, dress up as their favorite Princess, villain or pirate, watch Disney movies, play games, create at the Lego table or play in the computer lab where the large mouse is specifically designed for the little ones. There's even a stage for impromptu performances and games.  There are scheduled activities, but it's up to the children what they want to do.  If they enjoy free play, there is time for that as well.  Children can stay here for as much or as little time as they like. The problem will be trying to get them to leave!   There are fun, supervised activities featured throughout the cruise. Here are some of the highlights that children may experience:

On Castaway Cay, a special kid's play area called Scuttle's Cove is open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. On this day, kids can ONLY be checked into the club at Scuttle's Cove - there is no onboard program until after 4:00. Plenty of fun activities are planned, including a "dig" and treasure hunt. Parents can be assured that Scuttle's Cove is not near the water, and that kids checked into the program on Castaway Cay will not be taken near the water by the counselors.  Lunch will be served at Scuttle's Cove as well.

Parents and children must check-in and out at the desk and security is of the utmost importance here. The Oceaneer Club is for children 3 to 12 years of age and they must be toilet-trained. 

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Oceaneer Lab (ages 3-12)

The bright room with the funky, futuristic space look is the Oceaneer Lab. Here, children 3 to 12 years of age can play Nintendo on a jumbo screen or check out computer games on one of the ten terminals that surround a larger than life Buzz Lightyear. dThey can let their imagination run wild as they construct with K-Nex and other building materials and have fun with hands-on experiments in the lab areas. Kids can do a variety of cool experiments at the Oceaneers Lab.  Highlights from the Lab's activities include:

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Edge (ages 11-14)

Located on Deck 2 midship, Edge is a tweens-only space open from 9:00 am -midnight daily.  Edge is a scaled replica of the ship's bridge.  Kids can "steer" the ship with a simulator, complete with two captain's chairs.  Interactive buttons allow the kids to navigate the "ship" in and out of port.  There are even LCD "windows" using a live video feed the the real ship's bridge.

Kids can play video games and watch TV, as well as participate in arts and crafts projects.  There are karaoke contests, scavenger hunts and themed nights. Some highlights from Edge may include:


Vibe (ages 14-17)


Vibe, the club for teens 14-17, is designed to look like a hip, loft apartment/coffee shop.  Couches, chairs and a dance floor come together to create an environment perfect for this age group so the teenagers have a place to meet, have some fun and call their own. There's one computer station found here that's exclusive to use of the teens. Alcohol-free drinks will be available at the 'bar' and there is plenty of seating for talking and socializing. Teen fun focuses on parties, pizza, dancing, karaoke…all the things teens like to do. Teens also have special activities created just for them.  Highlights include:

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It's a Small World Nursery (6 months - 3 years)

This group babysitting center is designed for little ones from 6 months to 3 years of age. This is the only option open to parents of the little ones as there is no in-room babysitting service on the ship. Unlike the planned programs for the older children, The nursery has a charge of $9 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours. For additional children in the same family, the charge $8 per hour. Cancellations can be made without penalty 4 hours in advance.

The theming is inspired by the Disneyland Resort classic attraction and original artwork by Mary Blair.  The floor even has a blue "river" running down the middle of it.  The nursery is filled with hands-on features that will keep the kids busy for hours, such as horns to honk, wheels to spin and buttons to press. Kids will enjoy the crafts, books and games and love sitting at the tables that are just their size.  There is a second room that is kept dimly lit and calm, perfect for naptime.

If parents want to check in on their kids, they can do so through one-way glass, so the child will never even know you're there! Parents are required to provide their own diapers/Pull-Ups, baby wipes, extra clothing/pajamas, pre-made bottle of milk/formula s labeled with the child's name, baby food in jars, sippy cups and security items such as blankets, pacifiers or a favorite toy. Parents will need to carry their Wave phones with them so they can be contacted in case of a medical or emotional need. Caregivers are not qualified to administer medication but there is a trained CPR/First Aid Crew Member present at all times.

Meals: Only solid food is provided for children.  Juice and crackers are available for snacks and meals (mac n cheese, ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken nuggets, etc.) will be served at lunch and dinner.  Please inform the counselors of any special dietary requirements in advance.  For children who do not eat solid food, you will need to provide your own baby food or formula. No foods containing peanuts or nuts are allowed in the nursery.

Registering:

It's a Small World Nursery is available at an additional charge and must be reserved in advance. 10 hours worth of reservations can be made online up to:

You can also make or alter your reservations during the open house on Embarkation Day on a first-come, first-served basis. Because space is extremely limited, be sure to book your child's nursery stay early. Additional times may be added later based on availability.

Toddler Time

Everyday from 8:00 - 9:00 am, parents may join their toddlers in the nursery for family play time. This may be a good way to introduce a nervous child to their new surroundings.

Splash Zone

Every day from 2:30-3:30 pm*, Nemo's Reef on Deck 11 is reserved just for toddlers and their parents.  The youth counselors will provide toys for the kids for a fun-filled hour of water play activities.

*Check the Navigator to verify times.

 

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Oceaneer Club (ages 3-12)

The Oceaneer Club is the place where your kids will want to spend all their time. The fantastical decor will transport them to the wonderful world of fairies, monsters, toys and undersea journeys.  The Club and Lab are connected with a secure, kids-only hallway, so children can go between the two areas freely.

The Club is set up with a central rotunda as the hub, and the other rooms branch off frm there.  The rotunda's ceiling is covered with constellations of Disney characters.  A stage allows kids to express their creativity and storytelling, plus is the perfect place to host the Disney characters when they visit!  A large-screen plasma TV show movies and occasionally allows Crush the turtle to come visit and chat with the kids!

Dream and Fantasy:

Magic:

 

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Oceaneer Lab (ages 3-12)

Disney's Oceaneer Lab will take kids on a great adventure full of maps, constellations, and even a stage for all of their greatest performances!  This stage is one of the main gathering spaces in the Lab - perfect for kids to listen to stories and to act out their own.  Individual computer stations will allow them to enjoy interactive games.  Disney movies will be shown on the 103-inch plasma TV; animated characters will come to life on this screen and interact with the kids.  The main room is also the beginning of a ship-wide adventure where kids will become explorers and hunt for clues. The Club and Lab are connected with a secure, kids-only hallway, so children can go between the two areas freely.

Other rooms in the Lab include:

Media Room: Full of cozy bean bag chairs, this is the perfect place to hang out and watch movies, read a book or play video games.

Animator's Studio is designed to look like an actual working animation studio.  Kids can set their imaginations free and learn how to draw Disney characters or even animate them on the computer!

The Wheelhouse: A room full of computers, hi-def LCD TVs and video game consoles are a young gamer's dream!  There's even an exclusive Pirates of the Caribbean game to play.

Sound Studio: Create and listen to music in this interactive studio.

Craft Studio: Tired of all the technology?  Seek refuge in this room where all the materials for arts and crafts are readily available.

On the Disney Magic, there are a couple of different rooms:

The Wheelhouse is the Navigation Game Station and is themed like a pirate chest.  A multiplayer Pirates of the Caribbean game is available, as well as simulators that allow kids to steer a ship through the waters of the Caribbean.

The Captain's Workshop holds computers, pirate-themed tables and maps. Meals will be served here, as well as various activities throughout the day.


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Edge (ages 11-14)

Edge is the "tween" club - only kids ages 11 - 14 can enter!  It has a great location on Deck 13 inside the Forward Funnel on the Dream and Fantasy.  On the Magic, it is located on Deck 2, Midship.  Edge is decorated in bright colors and retro decor. 

Dream and Fantasy:

Disney knows how much kids love technology, and Edge is full of it!  There are individual computer stations with notebook computers available to play games and access a special onboard social media application designed just for them. With this application, kids can leave each other messages and post photos and videos for their new onboard friends. 

Kids can create their own photo postcards and star in video karaoke using a green-screen technology.

One whole wall of the club is an 18-foot long, 5-foot tall video wall, perfect for video games and watching movies.  This video wall can be used as one large screen or separated into any combination of individual screens. 

Ready for a dance party at any time, there is a lighted dance floor with colored lights in the ceiling.  A 10-foot video screen comes down from the ceiling to provide music video backgrounds and lighting effects. 

One of the great things about Edge's location in the funnel is the views of the pool decks below.  The windows are made so that kids can see out, but guests on the decks can't see in.  Another cool feature is that the AquaDuck water coaster winds through the funnel and three portholes in Edge give silhouetted views of the riders as they zip through the funnel. 

 

Disney Magic:

In this scaled replica of the ship's bridge, children can play videogames, sing karaoke, watch TV and use the computer lab.  The space is filled with couches for hanging out, arts and crafts tables and flat-screen TVs.  Counselors will keep the kids busy until midnight with activities such as:

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Vibe (ages 14-17)

Vibe is exclusively for teens age 14-17.  Located on Deck 5 forward on the Dream and Fantasy and Deck 11 Midship on the Magic, this 9,000 square foot club is hip, yet casual.  All the furniture is modular, allowing teens to move it around and lounge wherever they want.

Technology reigns here at Vibe and the central area of the space is a media room, complete with a 103-inch LCD screen with digital surround sound, perfect for watching movies and playing video games.  Computer stations allow access to a special onboard social media application designed just for them. With this application, kids can leave each other messages and post photos and videos for their new onboard friends.

The room's walls are lined with built-in oval seats made to look like portholes.  These nooks are perfect for hanging out and watching TV, reading or listening to music. 

A dance club area lets teens test out their DJ skills, spinning and mixing tracks for the dance party.  The floor is lit with colorful lights and features a video wall.  A stage will play host to talent shows, karaoke contests and dance competitions.

Just like the adult clubs, Vibe offers a fountain bar serving non-alcoholic drinks, such as soda, juice, smoothies and coffee drinks.

On the Dream and Fantasy, the fun doesn't stop inside the club.  A private deck area outside means teens never have to leave!  Chairs and loungers are great for sunbathing, and when the sun gets too hot, there are two wading pools, fountains, jets and misters to help cool you down.  If sunbathing isn't your thing, ping pong and foosball are available as well.


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Chill Spa (ages 13-17)

Senses Spa isn't just for adults!  Chill Spa for Teens is located inside Senses Spa - Deck 11 on the Dream and Fantasy and Deck 9 on the Magic.  Guests ages 13 - 17 have their own space with two treatment rooms with showers and a separate seating area just for the teen guests.  Special spa treatments have been designed just for them, including facials, massages, body treatments, manicures, and pedicures.  Some highlights are:

  • Fabulously Fruity Facial - An organic selection of fresh fruits moisturizes your skin.
  • Hot Chocolate Wrap - After a massage, enjoy a soothing body wrap with antioxidants.
  • Tantastic Body Bronzer - Your skin is nourished with a hydrating body bronzer.
  • Surfer's Scrub - This exfoliating treatment uses fresh lime, lemon and ginger.
  • Ice Cream Manicure and Pedicure - A sweet treat for hands and feet.

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Arr-Cade - Disney Dream and Fantasy

Arr-cade is an action-packed video arcade located on Deck 11, Aft. Adjacent to Cabanas, the arcade offers a variety of the latest interactive video games, plus several thrilling classics, such as pinball and air hockey. Guests of all ages are invited to compete against each other and partake in some high-tech video fun.

Arr-cade features a cashless system. First, purchase a play card filled with game credits using your Key to the World card at a kiosk located inside the arcade or at Guest Services on Deck 3. Then, simply enter the card into a videogame to access your game credits and begin playing.

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Other activities available

Royal Court Royal Tea - Disney Fantasy

Children will be greeted by the Royal Tea Hostess, Lady Chamomile, and crowned as young princesses or dubbed as royal knights when they enter the room.  Chef Brule, the Royal Pastry Chef, will join Lady Chamomile to greet their guests.  Disney Princesses will stop by and visit with each table.  The hosts will sing songs, dance and tell stories, all while encouraging the children to join in. 

The meal will consist of tea sandwiches, pastries, cupcakes and tea.  Young princesses will also receive a My Disney Girl doll dressed as their favorite princess, a memory book, a jewelry box and more, including gifts from each Princess!  The knights will receive a shield, Duffy bear and more.  All guests will receive a photograph and meet and greet opportunity with the Princesses. 

This will be offered during 7-night itineraries on the Disney Fantasy. The cost is $279 for one adult and one child.


Midship Detective Agency - Disney Dream and Fantasy

This interactive adventure game is only on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. The ships are filled with "Enchanted Art" and technology designed to bring the guest into the story. Guests will use a map and special game card to check out pieces of the Enchanted Art to find clues and uncover the whereabouts of the missing items. In these adventures on the Dream, guests work with Mickey and his friends to solve one of two mysteries - The Case of the Missing Puppies or The Case of the Stolen Paintings. On the Fantasy, the two mysteries are available with Mickey, as well as a new Muppets mystery.  Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal are planning a big stage show, but they discover that their props are missing. Guests will even find a Muppets message board and a Muppet-sized stateroom door on board, containing clues to help solve the crime before curtain time for the big show.

This game, designed for ages nine and up, is self-paced and can be played over and over, as events and endings will change each time.

Tips for Cruising with Infants and Toddlers

 

  • Diaper changing facilities are located in most of the public restrooms.
  • If you forgot some must-have baby items, you should be able to purchase them onboard.  This includes:
    • Baby wipes
    • Diapers
    • Lotions
    • Formula
    • Food items
    • Baby bath supplies
    • Pacifiers
  • Limited quantities of strollers, bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers are available at Guest Services.
  • Diaper Genies, Pack-n-plays and bed rails are available from your stateroom host/hostess.
  • High chairs are available at all onboard restaurants.
  • Children must be potty trained to enter any pools or spas onboard. Children in swim diapers may use Nemo's Reef.

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